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Awesome family getaway as a family we enjoyed every second . The kids were entertained at all times although they never went to the kids clubs, the kids club carers were always on hand and doing fun activities with the children. Pools were ... Read More
Awesome family getaway as a family we enjoyed every second . The kids were entertained at all times although they never went to the kids clubs, the kids club carers were always on hand and doing fun activities with the children. Pools were well kept and area around pool was comfortable. Clean towls was available daily.All the shows were included and even the children could enjoy them, a special children show was arranged . The Islands were well equipped and lots to do very well organized although we did not do any excursions we would definitely consider it for the future. Embarktion and disembarktion was well organized .Standard food for us but more than enough to eat at all times. The crew was fantastic always friendly and helpful. MSC will be my first choice in future cruises and would enjoy longer cruises in future and maybe make use of a balcony room for 4 people. Rooms were cleaned daily and gym was good Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I wanted to explore Durban since i'm from Johannesburg. so a cruise after exploring Durban Beach was a perfect way to relax and explore other countries at the same time. It was my first time to see a ship and enter what a wonderful ... Read More
I wanted to explore Durban since i'm from Johannesburg. so a cruise after exploring Durban Beach was a perfect way to relax and explore other countries at the same time. It was my first time to see a ship and enter what a wonderful experience, the cabins are family friendly to share with children i would advise others to book early to get cabins that have windows to be able to see outside the ship, make use of Restaurants to experience 5 star treatment , attend all daily activities and most importantly travel with your family including children its a wonderful family experience and creates happy and unforgettable memories. I'm definitely going to Namibia for my next cruise. The service of all employees in the ship is outstanding, they always willing to help when requested. Ports and shore employees were also friendly and vigilant for our safety and made us comfortable and able to trust them with our lives. Thank you thank you and thank you for an awesome time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I'm 31 yrs of age and I took my 59yr old mummy on a cruise for the first time.She turned 59 yrs on board. What a surprise birthday she had.She didn't know,I kept it as a surprise. I knew she was going to enjoy herself for this ... Read More
I'm 31 yrs of age and I took my 59yr old mummy on a cruise for the first time.She turned 59 yrs on board. What a surprise birthday she had.She didn't know,I kept it as a surprise. I knew she was going to enjoy herself for this was my second cruise.She still can't close her mouth.Her highlight was the food and the hospitality.The best treatment ever. The stuff made it really special. I'm so glad I chose taking her on a cruise for her birthday.I'll go on a cruise anytime of the day. Anytime is cruise time. Everyone needs to go on this cruise...I can go on and on and on about this cruise.I love you guys,keep up the good job. I'm definatly taking my brothers on the next cruise which has to be very soon. and obviously my future husband has to go with me again,I mean everyone in my life have to know about this cruise,I know it's sounds funny. Experience value for money. Oh the dance ,what an entertainment. I dance my lung out.I had too much fun.The best place for socializing,good time I had wow. We also enjoyed Portugues Island,best weather ever. My mum had the best time ever.She swam literally the whole day.She was just having fun.Even when we got there,the service was still on point. I'm just all over the moon about this cruise. what a smooth embarking and disembarking on this.fast moving lines well controlled,took the best pictures in the process. Oh I must say,perfumes,bags and watches are very cheap there. I always have extra cash to spoil myself with. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Always wanted to be in a Cruise Ship but the Malaisian and Indonesian Waiters made vile and some point just had to leave with it cause i had no alternative i guess, they were very rude me and actually to black patrons, i looked forawrd to ... Read More
Always wanted to be in a Cruise Ship but the Malaisian and Indonesian Waiters made vile and some point just had to leave with it cause i had no alternative i guess, they were very rude me and actually to black patrons, i looked forawrd to being in the Portuguese Island but clearely we just fed i big fat lie by the captain telling us of heavy and 1,5 m sweils, which did not happen and only happened on Sunday, Waiters definately very rude perhaps they are racist, white people where treated better that black on our shores, i was so disgusted and thought would never use MSC Cruiss again, perhaps the management to intevene about the service rendered by their staff especially waiters and waitreses, this happened mostly at the 11th Deck both Restaurants and the Bars, the indian oak at the bar saturday evening was full of attitude and only smiling to other races accept blacks, i had seen all of these since my experince and was not sitting very far from the bar oppiste the stage. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I had a great time,unforgettable,great expirience I have no doubt that im coming back, we just working around it.real that was our honeymoon with my wife.your stuff is amazing dedication is unbelievable .wow we real enjoy each and every ... Read More
I had a great time,unforgettable,great expirience I have no doubt that im coming back, we just working around it.real that was our honeymoon with my wife.your stuff is amazing dedication is unbelievable .wow we real enjoy each and every moment we spent there.casino, excursion,great activities, fitness etc it amazing im greatful for spending my holiday with you and your team no regret.im proud..im a voyage member :-) Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My wife and children chose this cruise. Furthermore it would be better when you share with your customers what to expect in their destination. I believe if we were informed of the transport problems in the cities we visited , that would ... Read More
My wife and children chose this cruise. Furthermore it would be better when you share with your customers what to expect in their destination. I believe if we were informed of the transport problems in the cities we visited , that would have prepared us better. For example what currency is used by transport people, what options of transportation etc. Dining service time it was excellent as Mr. Adismuti was always offering the best service. He deserves accolades. He was always trying his best to be efficient and always friendly. He was approachable to all of us who seating in his table 566 at Galeone dining Hall. Please make more movies available throughout the day so that children who do not take part in the clubs activities can have options. The window rubber that was sealing the glass need to be fixed. The was air that was coming through as a result I continuously experienced dry nose. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The travel with family members ,friends and their children The embarkation dint go smooth, two of the family members children accompanying us didn't have the all necessary travel document for children, the ship had to leave them ... Read More
The travel with family members ,friends and their children The embarkation dint go smooth, two of the family members children accompanying us didn't have the all necessary travel document for children, the ship had to leave them fortunately we met the following day in Portuguese island. happy ending The ship was so big and luxurious with nice cabins that suits every member,balcony,Suits ,inside cabin .sea view., the ding staff were so welcoming you could think that they know you We danced at the deck and sometimes watch live performances . Port service improved a lot from the last cruise i had in 2013,, short and manageable ques . It was a life time experience. Every one want to go again with more friends and family members.we had lots of entertainment. we bought gifts for our families at the the shops. The photos were so beautiful we could live any we took every thin that was display at the photo shop. the most special one was when I get invitation as a voyagers club member to be welcomed by the captain crew, I felt so special Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The first time i cruise it was Feb 2017 and embarking from Durban and disembarking was easy done as i expected, I was not enough that is the reason we decided to cruise again 1 December 2017, the vibe was was excellent with the DJ's ... Read More
The first time i cruise it was Feb 2017 and embarking from Durban and disembarking was easy done as i expected, I was not enough that is the reason we decided to cruise again 1 December 2017, the vibe was was excellent with the DJ's 24hrs playing all kinds of music and the games for everyone, Service for the rooms was done accordingly, the restaurant also was always open with refreshments, Bars were always full with our favourite drinks from ciders to whisky,and the gym opened almost 2hrs. I went with my wife and the four brothers we were only disappointed by not reaching Pomona as i were looking forward to swim in that pure and still waters. partying at the different place for a change it was our ideal desire unfortunately it didn't happened and they were actually blaming me that i encouraged them to come and taste the fun only to find out that it wont happen. myself I will plan again, Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was me and my daughter's first time on a cruise ship and it was an absolutely fabulous experience on board. The ship was always, always neat, everywhere you go and the cabin was clean every day even the public rooms was also ... Read More
This was me and my daughter's first time on a cruise ship and it was an absolutely fabulous experience on board. The ship was always, always neat, everywhere you go and the cabin was clean every day even the public rooms was also neat and tidy. The service and food was excellent and so many to choose from. There were a lot of entertainment and activities to enjoy throughout the day and night. As well as the security checks and safety drill that was done. So there were really no dull moment on the cruise. The Port and shore excursions was done smoothly and fast, it proceeded with efficient flow and in a speedy manner. We had a great time on Maputo, the Portuguese island and Pomene. It was absolutely exiting and spectacular. Every crew member was friendly and always smiled. Everything was Excellent and I will definitely do it again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
1.excellent ship with nice people who can help. 2,nice food. things which need to be changed are try to avoid long ques by introducing min receptions in eac dec.smoking should be total restricted indoors except on dec 11 open part. ... Read More
1.excellent ship with nice people who can help. 2,nice food. things which need to be changed are try to avoid long ques by introducing min receptions in eac dec.smoking should be total restricted indoors except on dec 11 open part. Embarking into the cruise it took me 3 hours to pass immigration. At the reception almost 1hr , these ques should be minimised by having more embarking points. Each Dec should have 1 or 2 man mini reception to reduce up and down moveme. More restricted smoking signs should be sticked to non-smoking areas. I enjoyed food ,fruits and all the dishes were above excellent . MSC Sinfonia is a cruise ship to be when ever feel like relaxing and taking family out ,the services are very good except long ques. Am coming back with my family in 22 December 2017 as I now know were to take my mood wife to ,Thus MSC Sinfonia cruise ship .SEE YOU THERE . Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My entire life I have been terrified of anything to do with the ocean. The mere sight of a ship made me feel sick. Well now that has all ended and vanished thanks to the MSC SINFONIA. I have read lots of negative reviews on this site ... Read More
My entire life I have been terrified of anything to do with the ocean. The mere sight of a ship made me feel sick. Well now that has all ended and vanished thanks to the MSC SINFONIA. I have read lots of negative reviews on this site so far, and I've come to one conclusion - some people are just born complainers. They would even find a problem with the 7 star Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. If complaining is in your nature, even heaven itself wont satisfy you. With that being said, let me share my experience aboard my floating castle the "MSC SINFONIA" Well firstly, queues are part of life. We all need to join them and wait our turn. This does not have to become the bane of our existence does it? My mum, aunt and myself were elated and excited right from the moment we stepped into N-Shed, Durban Harbour. Any situation can be turned into a fun one in my book. Our wait was not long before we boarded the Sinfonia, to be greeted by drop-dead gorgeous human beings who smiled at us individually and directed us towards our cabins. Finding our cabin was super easy, and we were in awe at how beautiful everything was, and we were just dying to explore! We booked an inside cabin, as I will still very nervous about overcoming my biggest fear and phobia of the water, so thought it best not to be able to see it through a window... But next I am booking a cabin with a balcony!! From that point, the rest of our experience was nothing short of a dream come true, a fairytale, an absolutely mind-blowing experience. From the decor, to the food, to the general feel aboard, we felt like we were royalty. I've been reading up on unhappy people wanting compensation for not going to Maputo or the Portuguese Islands due to bad weather conditions. Well to bring contractual liability and obligation into it, it clearly states in the always unread "terms and conditions" that the course of the ship might change due to advers weather conditions and it is at the captains discretion. And to me its a no-brainer, I mean, no ship captain has the power to have direct conversations with GOD and ask him to please postpone the cyclone because some people are cruising... Another thing people were complaining about, and being very annoying indeed, is that you wait in long lines at the buffet and that hot beverages are being served in plastic mugs. Last time I checked, a buffet always has and always will include a queue, so why would expect any different aboard a cruise ship? And the coffee/tea is still going to go to the same place whether it comes from a plastic mug or a glass one. Ridiculous complaint in my book! The theatre shows were fantastic and reminded me of being back in New York at a Broadway show! The highlight for me was a group called "The Dream Team" These guys and girls were just a bundle of energy and always doing things to make the passengers laugh and join in the cruise festivities. Hats off to them!!! I wish I could convey a personal message to them and commend them on a job well done!! My mum is a vegetarian, and that was a concern for us before the cruise. But she ended up being the happiest when it came to satisfying her tummy. The food was exceptional. Our day spent in Maputo and the Portuguese Islands also were nothing short of perfect. We were literally and visibly depressed when the final morning dawned upon us and we could Durban approaching. We so wanted to stow away and leave with her to Europe! I have travelled extensively, so I am in a good place to compare and critique this experience. And the truth is that this cruise aboard the MSC SINFONIA was the best experience of my life and it will take a lot to knock it off my number one spot. I will definitely be going on another cruise as soon as the nest season starts! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
I had previously been on 2 Royal Caribbean (RC) cruises as company incentives & relished the idea of spending the December holidays with my family on a return cruise from Durban to Reunion & Mauritius. NO COMPARISON aboard the MSC ... Read More
I had previously been on 2 Royal Caribbean (RC) cruises as company incentives & relished the idea of spending the December holidays with my family on a return cruise from Durban to Reunion & Mauritius. NO COMPARISON aboard the MSC Sinfonia! What a pity! My kids, 7 & 9, swam all day in the small & crowded 2 pools, played soccer, attended the excuse for a kiddies disco and spent a fortune on the Foosball and other coin machines for kids. No respectable soft drinks- package i.e. Pay upfront, get a plastic 500 ml cup and refill as often as you like, a la Royal Caribbean. My hubby purchased a couples massage special ($499) which comprised 1 x 45 minute dual massage, 2 x facials and 4 x entries to the often crowded thermal suite, open to both males & females. Unlike RC cruises, that offer surprise spa specials on an almost daily basis, the MSC Aurea Spa offered the same " specials" every day for the duration of the cruise. Ho hum! The spa massage rooms are fully lit (no dim lighting to set the relaxation mood). My husband & I also had the displeasure of our 2 Balinese therapists chatting to one another throughout the session. The sentiment is that these ladies were going through the motion of the massage without giving any consideration to the needs of the clients i.e. Asking where they should concentrate more effort, if we had any medical conditions or injuries etc. The session ended with both therapists trying to sell us products, with mine even venturing to sell me the answer to my cellulite! Thanks a million! My cellulite is the last thing I wanted to think about on my cruise! That issue should remain the concern of the other 353 days of the year! Needless to say, I was super- conscious of this "problem" around the pool area for the rest of the cruise :-)! As I did not enjoy this massage, I gave the spa another opportunity to redeem themselves by booking a second massage for the princely sum of $84 for a 45 minute session. I took the liberty of guiding the therapist to the knots on my back, neck & shoulders and found this experience more rewarding. The sales pitch at the end of the session was the only damper. Hubby found the gym a good place to vent and reported the facility adequate. Sun loungers on the pool decks were in abundance, yet, even though guests are requested to NOT reserve loungers, by 8 AM, the game of 'find-a-lounger-win-a-prize' would begin as every lounger was booked (sometimes 8 at a time by 1 person) with a towel, book, hat etc. The art of booking four in the sun and four directly behind to cool off, by the family "booker" was mastered. The fact that 99% of loungers were booked, with only a handful of guests in sight at 8 AM was due to the fact that the late- night Pasha club party-goers & casino frequenters went back to sleep or headed for a leisurely breakfast. Shady spots were like hen's teeth & in the sweltering heat; the fights & spats that ensued were worthy of WWE awards! Try as we might, we were unable to secure a cabin with a balcony and had to settle for a room with an outside view. The cabin had a double bed with 2 pull- down bunk beds for the kids. Add 2 ladders, a dresser, bar- fridge cabinet, cupboard with hanging space & drawers a tiny bathroom with a compact shower, basin and toilet unit, cabin- fever was the order of the day after 11 nights. You HAVE to truly love the people you are sharing a cabin with to survive! We saw a few early departures in Mauritius of families & half of a few cabin-sharing couples whose relationships took a knock! Sadly, with child- rearing needing a major brush-up for some parents on board, there was the daily and incessant stampeding of kids' feet up and down the corridors at night, well in to the wee hours of the morning, as children played hide-&-seek etc. Adult admonishment in every form, had no effect, and after about night 8, you are able to sleep through the pounding :-)! Food on the MSC Sinfonia was plentiful and tasty. There was something for every palate. Compliments to the South Indian Chef on his fantastic array of curries! The crew looked tired? disinterested? and gave the impression of not really wanting to be onboard. The entertainment Dream Team tried there best, but there efforts were lost among the other surly staff. No nighttime baby- sitting services meant that hubby and I could not enjoy the cruise offering beyond 10 PM. All in all, a long and drawn-out cruise. Suggestions if you wish to take this cruise in future: 1) book a balcony cabin 2) only share with people you really love! The budget- sharing on offer is not worth destroying friendships 3) take walkie-talkie type devices to communicate with your cabin members 4) go hungry :-) 5) plan your land excursions prior to embarking on the cruise as cruise excursions can be costly 6) brush-up on your foreign languages or just learn to thank the crew or compliment them verbally. The response and change in their attitude is heart- warming! 7) take sea-sickness medication for your kids. Adults get free tablets at Reception, but children must have a doctors consultation to get a suppository ($67 later!). Antihistamine cream for mozzie bites in Reunion and Mauritius. If you are sensitive to salt water (from the ship's pools), shower frequently. Cortisone cream if prone to eczema. 8) take washing powder or plenty of light clothing and underwear! Laundry services are expensive. Insecticide - bed bugs & dust mites were a HUGE issue. We stripped our own beds and fumigated regularly as this was not done, even on request. 9) DON'T book loungers! It's ugly and disrespectful. It takes one person to start the domino effect of change. Good Luck! 10) Kindle, factor 50 sunscreen, big hat, manicured toes, lots of dollars for fabulous onboard shopping and a good dose of the Chill-factor! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
MSC Sinfonia Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 1.0 3.7
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 3.6

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